This site and 2 of my other blogs have been compromised by hackers. Every month or so I get an email from the nice folks at Dreamhost that they’ve found something wrong and I go digging around and fix the problems they identified and then a month later (or week later) I get another email and the process repeats.The email always encourages me to sign up for their ‘premium’ scanning service. You can guess how I feel about that.
Yesterday I decided I should really get serious about the problem. Track it down the infection(s), fix it and just generally delete stuff that I put on the server that I really don’t care about. It’s a lot like cleaning out that junk drawer in the kitchen. [Note to self: clean out the junk drawer in the kitchen]. If you reply to the dreamhost email they’ll run a more detailed scan if you ask. A lot of false positives are in that secondary scan but it also finds problems that the first scan doesn’t report. Enough dancing around, I thought. I need to find all the source of the infections.
I have misgivings about the Gallery package I use. It’s highly functional but it’s difficult to use and more difficult to update, which is why I haven’t updated it. So I started down that path and became annoyed with Gallery all over again. Maybe there is newer photo gallery that can import? Dreamhost offers a one-click install of Piwigo which is actively maintained and if you’re willing to do some dancing there might be an importer that worked once for some people. Evidently I wasn’t one of the chosen. I chose not to try very hard. I decided to delete the photo gallery.
To most photographers that’s like cutting off their Johnson in a Bobbitt fit. Not to me. Who cares if my photos are on my website? Do you? I’ve got 3 backups at home and the website. I don’t look at them now and after the inevitable dirt nap occurs, I won’t be looking them then. They exist(ed) in a web photo gallery because I thought it was fun once and then I thought it was important to maintain it because I had put so much effort into creating it. That really doesn’t make sense. Why would you maintain something that gives you no pleasure? Nostalgia is way over rated. Time has never run backwards. Yes, deleting the photos causes some old web pages to break. Let me know which ones are important to you.
Actually, I’m back to where I was a year ago before the big C diagnosis: Trying to de-clutter. You wouldn’t know that by all the toy’s and gadgets I’ve bought in the last year, but “I have a cunning plan” quoth Blackadder.
I installed the WordFence plugin on my WordPress sites. It’s scan found a couple of infection access points that Dreamhost didn’t find and obviously I didn’t find them either. I doubt the task is complete, but for today, I’m good.